A new order of things : how the textile industry transformed New England / Paul E. Rivard.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals




xii, 156 p. : col. ill., maps ; 29 cm.


Descriptive Terms

Textile industry History.
Industrial revolution


Rivard, Paul E.


Introduction: An overview of the textile trade -- Extend the mills: spinning cotton in New England -- The "Masheen": the wool carding machine comes to New England -- Made in families: weaving at home with new tools -- Diaper, tow, and crash: manufacturing linen in New England -- Great expectations: cotton mill fever creates textile towns -- The Waltham power loom: investing in power weaving -- "The best wheel in the world": waterpower in New England -- Genius, wealth, and industry: Lowell astonishes the world -- Calico, blocks, and rollers: printing technology and the new fashion -- "Simply preposterous": New England's woolen mills catch up -- Jenny, Jack, and Billy: the woolen machinery family -- The beginnings of social change: the New England mill workers -- "Acres of girlhood": a workforce of women -- Rising tide of discontent: the struggle for "freedom" -- "Gifted in mind, body and estate": New England builds an immigrant workforce -- The Lawrence experience: the fall and reprise of a New England textile city -- Smokestacks and train tracks: steam engines promote textile manufacture -- Speeders, pickers, and mules: New England's new machinery.


Hanover, NH : University Press of New England


xii, 156 p. : col. ill., maps ; 29 cm.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-150) and index.


1584652837 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781584652830 (cloth : alk. paper)
1584652187 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781584652182 (pbk. : alk. paper)

Call Number

Stacks HD9857.N36 R58 2002


New England
New England.

Variant Title

How the textile industry transformed New England